U.S. Men Defeat Spain, Gain Ground on Bulgaria

July 06, 2008, 10:09 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 6, 2008) – The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team defeated Spain quickly and decisively, 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 in a 2008 FIVB World League match on Sunday in Madrid and gave itself some breathing room in Pool C as second-place Bulgaria fell to Finland on Saturday.

Unofficially, Reid Priddy (Richmond, Va.) scored 18 points on a match-high17 kills and one ace and Ryan Millar (Palmdale, Calif.) dominated the net with a match-high six blocks as the U.S. Men improved their record in Pool C to 7-1. Bulgaria's record is 5-3 after host Finland took its first 2008 World League victory, 22-25 17-25 25-22 25-21 17-15, on Saturday.

Spain will now pack its bags to travel to the United States where the two teams will play two more matches on July 11-12 in Bloomington, Ill. (for tickets, go to www.uscellularcoliseum.com).

Millar scored on five kills to go with his six blocks. Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) also scored 11 points on 10 kills and one ace. David Lee (Alpine, Calif.) added seven points on six kills and one ace. Riley Salmon (League City, Texas) totaled six points on kills and setter Lloy Ball (Woodburn, Ind.) had one point on one kill.

Unofficially, Israel Rodriguez led Spain with 13 points on 19 kills, one block and two aces as Spain ended up starting every player on its roster except one at some point in the match in its struggle to win a set.

Spain was weak on serve receive, getting just 31 percent “excellent” as opposed to 60 percent for the United States. Priddy was 48 percent “excellent” on 23 attempts with no errors while Lambourne was 62 percent “excellent” with two errors. Both teams finished with three aces.

Team USA converted 62 percent of its kill attempts into points as opposed to 49 percent for Spain. The United States held its service errors to nine on 73 attempts.

"Today’s match had a couple of key aspects: First, we served better than on Friday. We served more aggressively, with more conviction," said U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand). "Also, Lloy Ball did a good job distributing our attack. I am very happy because we took a step forward today. We are definitively getting better that this is what I am proud of."

McCutcheon started Priddy and Salmon at outside hitter, Lee and Millar at middle blocker, Stanley at opposite, Ball at setter and Rich Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) at libero. The starting lineup did not change. Phil Eatherton (Glencoe, Mo.) played as a substitute.

The U.S. Men jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first set, including two kills each from Millar and Stanley, at the first technical timeout (TTO). The lead increased to 16-8 at the second TTO. The U.S. Men reached set point first at 24-17 on an attack by Priddy. Spain held off the loss for two serves on a kill by Jose Luis Molto and an ace by Israel Rodriguez before Rodriguez’s service error ended the set.

Set two started much closer and the U.S. Men went into the first TTO with a slim 8-7 lead thanks in part to two kills from Priddy and two blocks by Millar.

With the score tied 9-9, Lee served for two straight points, including an ace, to give Team USA an 11-9 lead. Spain scored once, but the U.S. Men scored the next three points in a row for a 14-10 lead and Spain could not cut the deficit to less than two points after that.

Spain made several lineup changes for the third set and it seemed to work as in held the 8-7 lead at the first TTO. The two teams battled back and forth after that with neither gaining more than a one-point advantage until the score was tied at 18-18. A kill by Salmon and a block by Millar followed by Spain’s hitting error gave Team USA a 21-18 advantage. Spain pulled back to within one at 23-22 and 24-23, but Priddy finished the match with a kill.

WORLD LEAGUE TICKETS: Tickets for the FIVB World League matches in Bloomington, Ill., (July 11-12 vs. Spain) are still available. To purchase tickets, go to www.uscellularcoliseum.com.

View the U.S. Men's World League Media Guide at www.usavolleyball.org/media/national/08WL_MNTMediaGuide.pdf.

The U.S. World League site is www.usavolleyball.org/national/08WL.asp.

The FIVB World League site is www.fivb.org/EN/Volleyball/Competitions/WorldLeague/2008.

2008 FIVB World League

U.S. Men's Roster
July 4 and 6 in Madrid, Spain
No. Name (Pos., Ht., Hometown, College)
1 Lloy Ball (S, 6-8, Woodburn, Ind., Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne)
2 Sean Rooney (OH, 6-9, Wheaton, Ill., Pepperdine)
4 David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5 Rich Lambourne (L, 6-3, Tustin, Calif., BYU)
6 Phil Eatherton (MB, 6-9, Glencoe, Mo., Ball State)
8 Reid Priddy (OH, 6-5, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9 Ryan Millar (MB, 6-8, Palmdale, Calif., BYU)
10 C Riley Salmon (OH, 6-6, League City, Texas, Pierce College)
13 Clay Stanley (OPP, 6-9, Honolulu, Hawai'i, Hawai'i)
14 Kevin Hansen (S, 6-5, Newport Beach, Calif., Stanford)
15 Gabe Gardner (OPP, 6-9, San Clemente, Calif., Stanford)
18 Scott Touzinsky (OH, 6-6, St. Louis, Mo., Long Beach State)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon
Team Manager: Rob Browning
Assistant Coach: Ron Larsen
Assistant Coach: John Speraw
Team Doctor: William Stetson
Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison
Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock

FIVB 2008 World League Standings as of July 6 (click on link to view team profile):

Pool A
France 6-2
Brazil 6-1
Serbia 2-5
Venezuela 1-7

Pool B
Russia 7-1
Italy 6-2
Cuba 3-5
Korea 0-8

Pool C

USA 7-1
Bulgaria 5-3
Spain 3-5
Finland 1-7

Pool D
Poland 5-3
China 4-4
Japan 4-4
Egypt 3-5

U.S. World League Schedule and Results

Date: June 13-14
Opponent: Finland
Location: Helsinki, Finland (LänsiAuto Arena)
June 13: USA def. Finland, 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20)
June 14: USA def. Finland, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-16)

Date: June 20-21
Opponent: Bulgaria
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
June 20: USA def. Bulgaria, 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-16)
June 21: Bulgaria def. USA, 3-2 (12-25, 25-16, 25-20, 12-25, 15-13)

Date: June 27-28
Opponent: Finland
Location: Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.
June 27: USA def. Finland, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20)
June 28: USA def. Finland, 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18)

Date: July 4 and 6
Opponent: Spain
Location: Madrid, Spain
July 4: USA def. Spain, 3-2 (25-23, 25-22, 29-31, 20-25, 18-16)
July 6: USA def. Spain, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-23)

Date: July 11-12 (7 p.m. local both nights)
Opponent: Spain
Location: U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.
Date: July 18-19
Opponent: Bulgaria
Location: Varna, Bulgaria

Date: July 23-27
Event: World League Final (must qualify)
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil